Can I get sued for sharing information to one of the partners at my previous employment?

I was recently forced to quit because my boss felt that it was my fault that another employee reported him to the labor board. That employee had a question and he was referred to the posted labor laws, internet, and if he couldn’t find the answer, contact the labor board and ask. The owner ended up under investigation for the question at hand. Recently, the owners partner had a question regarding his contract with the owner. If I supply her with the answers she is seeking, will I end up fighting the owner for defamation of character? The partner is being wronged in many ways than one.

Asked on July 18, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The only way you can be successfully sued for defamation is if you lie about your former boss to the partner.  Truth is an absolute defense to any claim for defamation.  Of course, that does not mean your former boss will not sue you and tie you up in court.  It only means that if you tell the truth, you will prevail in any case against you for defamation.

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